Japan-developed therapy robots donated in Poland

Therapy robots developed by a Japanese research institute have been donated to medical facilities in Poland that are caring for Ukrainian evacuees.

The robots modeled on baby seals were presented through Japan's embassy in Warsaw on Wednesday. Two facilities in Poland will get a pair of the robots, called "Paro."

The devices have been approved for medical use in Europe. The care centers say they plan to use them to help lower stress and improve sleep quality among evacuees.

"Paro" was developed by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, or AIST, located in Tsukuba near Tokyo.

The researcher behind the robot says it has been used to help improve the mental health of people who have experienced large earthquakes in Japan.

Shibata Takanori, Chief Senior Researcher at AIST says, "I'm hoping this will spark discussions about how Japan can get involved with helping evacuees, not only in Poland, but also in other neighboring countries and Ukraine itself."